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El Cholo Restaurant

1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006 (Central L.A)
(323) 734-2773
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Ranked #345 of 8,580 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Central L.A
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English first
Sudbury, Massachusetts
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Delicious Mexican food with a long history. Happy hour is a very limited, they should offer more selections of food and drink. Moderately priced.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

While holding vigil in a waiting room at USC Medical, my family and I decided to order dinner from El Cholo downtown. I ordered the crab enchiladas, specifically, the non-dairy version. Upon pick-up and inspection, the orders appeared perfect, however, on returning to the hospital, I soon realized that the crab had been mixed with some type of cream, rendering... More

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Los Angeles, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I attended a wedding anniversary--party was easily 100 people. Parking easy, but became congested as we left. We had entire large room, and good servers, working hard. Lot of chips, first salsa watery, spicy salsa good for some, too hot for others, cowboy up! Guacamole was served generously in large bowls, but was crushed avocado, needs more seasoning. Strawberry magaritas... More

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Torrance, California
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100 reviews 100 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

In 1980, my dad took me on an impromptu trip to Washington DC. Twenty years later, my husband, son and I visited many of the same restaurants I’d enjoyed with my dad, all of which are still in business today. Such longevity seems to be a rarity in Los Angeles, where restaurants come and go according to the latest food... More

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I can see why this place is popular. The serves are huge but tended to be a bit oily. Like previous reviews I like the corn chips & salsa on arrival. The nachos was tasty & our mains we found extremely generous so much so that we could not finish. Rookie error to eat so many corn chips. Interior quaint... More

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Los Angeles
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We loved the tamales - it tasted just like many of the restaurants that I have visited in Puerto Vallarta - that good - great margaritas - and fast and efficient service - this was actually first visit here from recommendations of friends and definitely will be back to enjoy this food

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This is one of the oldest Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles. Or I should say one of the best oldest Mexican restaurants in LA. El Coyote is older, but not nearly as good. The Sonora enchilada is my favorite. It has delicate flour tortilla's with whole black beans and white meat chicken. It is their oldest dish on the menu.... More

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Warsaw, Poland
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90 reviews 90 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I booked a company dinner for a group of 30+ about a week in advance. First of all you can not order a la carte for a larger group and have to go with a set menu with limited choice. This is acceptable, but although we clearly mentioned at the time of booking, that our guests have different dietary requirements,... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

I have visited this restaurant several times on visits to Los Angeles. It is consistently good with a range of delicious Mexican food and excellent, friendly service. Highly recommended.

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Los Angeles
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This restaurant on Western near Pico is the original location and the only one that prepares the food in the authentic way. My favorite has always been the green corn tamales. They are available from May to October only. I have never been disappointed with anything and find the prices to be very reasonable. The service is always good too.... More

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